Soyo P4I875P DRAGON 2 Platinum Edition - Page 3

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Since we’re taking a look at the “Platinum Edition” version of the P4I875P DRAGON 2, the first thing that stands out about the motherboard is its unique silverish color. The board also features several Sacon capacitors that weild silver and black reflective markings that match the scheme of the motherboard. Another color feature that sticks out on these motherboards is, of course, the purple DIMM’s and PCI slots. I personally would prefer to see black DIMM’s and PCI slots on a motherboard featuring a silver PCB, however that is only my personal preference.

Unlike several of the Pentium 4 based motherboards we have dealt with as of late, the processor socket on the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE is not oriented lengthwise from north to south, rather from east to west. There is a long line of various capacitors lining the top edge of the processor retention mechanism and PCB that will be used to supply the processor with the necessary current. To the right of the retention mechanism, we come across three fan power connectors, two CPU fan connections, and a single connection for one of the chassis fans. This is the first time from remembrance that I have seen a board sport two CPU fan connections. This is a welcome feature for those users with fans that require a power connection for thermal readings for the fan, while another connection is needed for proper RPM monitoring. Each of these connectors should be easily accessible, even though there is one large capacitor to their right.

To the left of the processor socket area, we next come across the core components of the P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE‘s core voltage supply. Here we can see that the P4875P DRAGON 2 PE provides a four-phase power solution driving two FET’s per phase. The P4I875P DRAGON 2 PE uses a pairing of the Intersil ISL6556BCB with two HIP6602BCB’s for phase control, over / under voltage monitoring, and for driving the FET’s. The 6556BCB chip controls the voltage for the processor, and allows for up to 4 buck channels, a 6-Bit VID, and features integrated temperature compensation. Due to the 6-Bit VID input, this allows for voltages between .8375V to 1.600V in 12.5mV steps. Some may be rather disappointed at the lack of higher voltage settings for the processor. The 6602BCB chip is the MOSFET driver which drives both gates in a range of 5V to 12V.